(Closed) How did you cut cost on your wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we have 220 people comming, we haggled a venue down from $8500 to $3400!!! we offered to pay in full. We HAD to use their alcohol though $26pp so we settled on only 2 hours of beer wine open bar.  But she isnt going to charge us corkage fees for our toast ( we are doing tequila shots) and as for food, we are having a taquero, they come and cook in big saucers and it comes out to $7.50 pp. And there is LOTS of food! Do your research! and list out your priorites. We made a lot of comprimises and haggled and im now very happy with everything. We ALMOST settled on vegas because we could find anything but then started making deals with everyone. The economy is rough, people WANT your money. oh and ask brides in your area how much they paid for stuff. oh and we found a website mineeds.com where you post something like ” i need a dj for 5 hours and people make bids like ill do it for 400 or ill do this for 375 etc. good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi date twin! The tricks I’ve used so far include having the reception at a nice restaurant (so we don’t have to worry about paying a seperate venue + catering cost, renting tables, chairs, tablecloths, cake, etc—they’re all included), buying my dress at a sample sale, and hiring a photog student rather than a professional (if you go this route, make sure he/she has shot weddings before and review his/her blog and previous wedding pics to ensure they’re what you’re looking for). I also plan to focus on in-season flowers only. Also check the DIY board for more ideas of you’re into going that route. Good luck and have fun!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

roses from Costco, no limos, and our trusty ipod serving as DJ – we estimated those things cut about 8k from our expenses. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We found a venue that allowed us to bring in own caterer and alcohol.  This saved us TONS of money.  My husband got laid off 4 months before our wedding (we paid for 90% of the wedding ourselves all CASH) so we had to end up nixing in the end several things we originally wanted.  Make two lists….”must haves” and “wants”.  If you are able to save a lil money on the “must haves” then that will leave you with a lil extra cash you need for the “wants” list.  Our minds will race a million miles a second with new ideas and new things we saw in a magazine or on TV so we need to make sure we keep ourselves in check.  This too will help cut costs dramatically!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mandypop:  Yup, that is one expense we ended up nixing in the end….THE LIMO!  We just asked our friend with the nicest car to drive us to and from the ceremony! lol….

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

DIYed Michael’s invitations kits, no DJ (go iPod), semi-professional photographer (she has done weddings before, but it’s not her day job, so she was $3000 cheaper), no limo, used a lot of friendors, DIYed where it was more cost effective.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@futureMrs.L:if this was facebook I would “like” your comment:)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ditto to the no limo comments. We’re also not doing favors.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We decided to have a small intimate wedding w/ 50 guests max.  Well, we had a total of 42ppl which perfectly fit our 6000 budget.

-My Wedding Gown was a Badgley Mischka Sample Dress that I got 80% off of retail.  Because of the savings, I was able to purchase a reception dress.  Also my shoes was already part of my shoe collection.  My earrings was gifted by my sister. 

-Wedding ceremony @ a local park overlooking the ocean.  $250 rental including chairs.

-Drove our own cars. 

-Wedding Dinner @ a local restaurant instead of a reception.   Only had to worry about centerpieces which were gifted by one of my Besties.  Also since I had no shows, the restaurant only charged me for dinners provided. 

-Wine Only.  Since 75% of my guests did not drink, I only offered wine.  Cash bar for all other drinks.

-Ipod instead of DJ. Plus my gf husband is a DJ so I had an extensive collection to add to my IPOD.  Also I used my IPOD for our ceremony music.

-Up and coming Photographer.  I LOVE my photographer and will use her for all our family portraits.  Because I wanted to do a “Rock The Dress” session after the wedding, I decided to have her not take photos during the wedding dinner.  Family and friends took pictures during the wedding dinner. 

-DOC.  One of my Bestie is an event planner so she took control the day of when I wasn’t available. 

-Wedding Flowers- Purchased Bouqets and Bouts Only.  Since we were married in park overlooking the ocean, I allowed Nature to be background. 

-Wedding Cupcakes instead of a wedding cake.

-Simple announcements.

Like other Bees suggested, decide your “Needs” and “Wants”.  There’s a lot of Wants that you really don’t need. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Bought an off the rack gown

Kept an eye out for sales on stuff, and boy have we gotten things! (napkins, veil, etc.)

Holding the reception in a small town

Placed an ad on craigslist and got a bunch of free stuff (vases, candles, etc.)

Using friendors/familydors…. 😛

DIY

-printed napkins

-cake topper

-bouquets

-boutenniers

-drink stir sticks

-placemats

-bridesmaid gifts

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We’re cutting out favors, hired transportation (i.e. limos), and Save the Dates for sure.

Super simple invitations, no huge invitation suites or heavy or square invites, which cost extra in postage.

Not paying for professional hair and makeup (my sister is a makeup artist and is doing my makeup, but if I didn’t have her I’d probably just do my own like we did at my friend’s wedding – which turned out great).

We’re having open beer and wine bar only – liquor will be available on a cash basis.

One universally likeable chicken entree (more so than red meat or seafood – most people like chicken) – no split entree options, which cost more.

Possibly going with friendors for the florist and officiant.  (Or possibly DIY-ing the flowers or ordering them online.  Also possibly doing non-floral centerpieces.)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Never ever pay the first price given for anything. Whether it be online, cake, invitations. Whatever. Always find a promo code or coupon code when buying online, and spend time looking around for the right price. We are in a big city, so it was 75% cheaper to import both the wedding planner and the photographer from an outside state. We are very near the state line, so our photgrapher traveling 4 hours and us paying her travel is significantly cheaper than in would have been here. Same with wedding planner. Also, with the cake, we went to an amazing baker right outside of the city, about 40 mintues away. WAYYYYYY cheaper. Also, if you see something and you absolutely have your heart set on it, email the company before you buy and ask if it going onsale anytime soon…. good luck!!

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